Yoga: The Way to Fitness

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One goal: fitness. Countless ways of achieving it, and one such way is YOGA. Yoga has been known to affect people’s health in many ways.  Yoga means the stability of mind in meditation or some particular situation in position. Patanjali Rishi was founder of yoga. It deals with health of body and harmony of mind. Its primary function is to promote body relaxation and increase flexibility and to provide sound body with tension free sound mind. But researchers have proven that   Yoga have even greater effects on people’s health.  In a recent study from Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, they showed how three 75 minute yoga sessions a week helped ease symptoms of  Arthritis. The study was performed on a group of women between the ages of 45 and 75. The Yoga sessions had other positive results for the group of women including: improved balance, and a decrease in symptoms of depression.

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Yoga is an ancient system of relaxation, exercise, and healing with origins in Indian philosophy. Yoga has been described as “the union of mind, body, and spirit,” which addresses physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions towards an overall harmonious state of being.  The ultimate aim  of yoga is self-identification and self perfection which comes through self purification and self-perfection. The Significant mental focus is required to perform yoga postures, which effectively clears the incessant ‘chatter’ in our minds. Full movement also massages vital organs and promotes detoxification and oxygenation from head to toe. Just 30 minute session of yoga can do miracles for you. There are many ways that Yoga can help improve your health. Yoga is a way of life, a mean to enjoy complete, happy, healthy and peaceful life. There are countless benefits of yoga. It is also known for delaying ageing, improves eyesight  and increases immunity.  Yoga has also been recommended and used for a variety of medical conditions. Yoga techniques can be learned in classes or through videotape instruction. Classes last from 30 to 90 minutes and are offered at various skill levels.   Here are enlisted some  major and perhaps surprising things Yoga can do:
Helps Fight Food Cravings: Yes! It’s true! A regular Yoga routine can actually keep you from putting on that extra bit of weight you’ve been trying so desperately to fight off. Food cravings are generally known to strike when our body and muscles are feeling tense, therefore loosening muscles with Yoga movements can really make you fight off that chocolate craving.
Increases flexibility and confidence: The movements that you use in Yoga aren’t only useful on a Yoga mat, Yoga is known to improve balance and flexibility. According to Women’s Health, yoga followers can use the strength and confidence they develop in Yoga in their daily life,  performing the daily chores.
Helps Cancer Patients Sleep Easy: The focus on meditation and breathing in Yoga poses, generally helps relieve stress from your day, and make you sleep better at night. Many cancer patients have improved their sleeping patterns by practicing Tibetan yoga. Patients took a 20 minute yoga session once a week for a period of 7 weeks, leaving them to fall asleep faster, easier, and having a reduction in their sleep medication dosages.
Decreases Risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases: Balancing your life with a regular Yoga routine can greatly benefit your heart.  It was found that a huge improvement was seen in cholesterol and blood sugar levels of the individuals with the addition of a regular Yoga routine. The adults who practice Yoga, meditation regularly with proper discipline shows better health and fit body and good posture and proper  breathing.
Makes way for a Healthy Pregnancy: Yoga poses can not only calm you, but your little one swimming around inside you new mothers to be. The new mothers who practice yoga tend to have a safe delivery. Women that have a yoga routine during their second trimester, generally give birth to healthy weight babies with lower pregnancy- induced hypertension.

Blood Circulation: Yoga gets your blood flowing. More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result. Poses, such as Headstand, Handstand, and Shoulderstand, encourage venous blood from the legs to flow back to the heart, where it can be pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated. Yoga also boosts levels of haemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues. And it thins the blood by making platelets less sticky and by cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins in the blood. This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots are often the cause of these killers.

Mood: After just one yoga class, men reported decreases in tension, fatigue, and anger after yoga, and women reported fairly similar mood benefits. It’s well known that physical activity has a mood-elevating effect, and yoga ought to fit right in.

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After all this know-how of yoga, it’s definitely worth a try.
Now, go enjoy some Yoga!

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